DSA Tourism Study group
A Tourism Study Group previously existed but fell inactive. The case for reviving the Group is stronger than ever (PDF). The Study Group recommenced its work in Autumn 2015.
Over 200 academics in the UK have been invited to participate in this Study Group. We aim to attract a solid core of committed tourism academics, around twenty, perhaps, to every meeting, with members outside the Greater London area ‘tuning in’ to electronic transmissions, and yet others attending meetings held outside London. In addition, it we expect to hold tourism sessions at DSA conferences, which will draw on core, active members of the Study group and on thers who have an association with it.
If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Group convenor (below).
We propose holding three meetings a term (nine or ten a year), under the overall heading of ‘Tourism Research’. It is expected that most speakers will be senior academics, with a social or environmental science background, and that they will present tourism topics they are currently researching, in the UK or elsewhere, which will have (in the widest sense) a link to ‘development’. Unlike a conference presentation, which normally lasts for a few minutes and allows only a few moments for questions, presentations at the Tourism Working Group are intended to be detailed (lasting at least 40 minutes, and expected to provide material for similarly detailed and intense discussion. Put differently, they aim at serious, scholarly discussion on issues of considerable importance.
While not all meetings will be in London, the Royal Anthropological Institute, near Warren Street, has generously offered us a room to meet in - a fitting venue, given the early involvement of social and cultural anthropologists in studying mass tourism and its significance. There are also several other quite palpable advantages: first, it is not associated with any one London academic institution; secondly, it is central and accessible both within London and from outside; thirdly (and importantly), it has facilities for electronically linking the meeting in London with participants elsewhere and, finally, it is offered free of charge.
David Harrison (Professor of Tourism, Middlesex University)
Dr. Jim Butcher (Canterbury Christ Church University) - 'Morality or Moralising? Ethical tourism's critique of the masses on holiday'
Dr. Hazel Andrews (John Moore’s University, Liverpool) - 'Magaluf and Moral Panic'
Prof Steve Fothergill (Sheffield Hallam University) - 'Seaside Towns in an Age of Austerity’